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Johnson Controls modifies automotive PHEV Li-ion batteries for marine application; Torqeedo Deep Blue

28 February 2013

Johnson Controls, Inc. is slated to begin production this spring of Li-ion battery packs for Germany-based electric outboard motor manufacturer Torqeedo to power its electric boat motor, Deep Blue.

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Deep Blue. Click to enlarge.

The Deep Blue motor delivers propulsive power of 29.7 kW (40.5 hp), equivalent, according to Torqeedo, to a 58 kW/80hp gasoline outboard.

Johnson Controls modified its Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV) battery technology, making the product waterproof and resistant to salt water (IP67), for Torqeedo’s marine application. The 13 kWh battery pack has a nominal voltage of 345V, and weighs 328 lbs (149 kg). Up to four packs can be combined.

Using a Deep Blue with 3 packs on a Rivers and Tides, model Palena 6.2, 1102 lbs unladen weight boat can deliver a 13-hour running time at slow speed (5.6 mph); 2 hours of running time at half speed (12.4 mph); and 42 minutes of running time at full power (31.1 mph), Torqeedo says.

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The Deep Blue system. Click to enlarge.

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JCI is the worlds largest producer of lead acid batteries. I don't see them as having any motivation to do much with Li-ion. This stuff makes for good PR though.

B4...JCI may realize that future 3x to 5x batteries will become an ideal energy source for near future electrified pleasure boats/crafts and off-roads vehicles?

People living on lake shores will appreciate the transition to electrified boats.

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